85-year old Merrill Newman is back home in California after being detained by the North Korea government for more than a month. The Korean War vet said in a statement today, "The North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister. It is now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. With the benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that." But another American, Kenneth Bae, is still being held by North Korea after being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. Anderson spoke with Bae’s sister Terri Chung about his ordeal.
Two Americans are living a cold war nightmare right now inside North Korea. More than a month ago, 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was dragged off his flight home from Pyongyang and arrested. North Korean authorities just released video of himapparently reading from a script, "confessing" to so-called war crimes. Kenneth Bae has been held in North Korea for more than a year and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Steven Weber is a professor of International Relations at U.C. Berkeley.
The family of an 85-year-old year American war veteran says he is being held by the North Korean government. Merrill Newman's son Jeff says his father was visiting North Korea as a tourist and was dragged off a plane just as he was about to leave the country. Merill Newman is not the only American detained in North Korea right now. Kenneth Bae was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Now Jeff Newman says he fears the worst for his dad.
Anderson Cooper talks to Laura Ling, who was imprisoned in North Korea for five months, about the North Korean government sentencing American Kenneth Bae to 15 years in a labor camp. Bae was found guilty of unspecified "hostile acts," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The tour operator had a proper visa to be in the country.
"It was the most terrifying time of my life," says Ling. She's concerned for Bae and his family, having experienced isolation in the most isolated country in the world. What little contact he's had with the Swedish ambassador was most likely extremely brief.
The sister of a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp defended her brother Thursday, asking leaders of both nations to "please, just see him as one man."
Pae Jun Ho, known as Kenneth Bae by U.S. authorities, was found guilty of unspecified "hostile acts" against the reclusive Stalinist state, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. KCNA said the Korean-American was arrested November 3 after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a port in the northeastern corner of North Korea.
North Korean law allows up to 10 days of processing before a sentence is enforced, so it wasn't immediately clear when Bae would report for hard labor, or where he was being held in the meantime.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the Defense Intelligence Agency report about North Korea's ability to deliver a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile gives China economic incentive to pressure North Korea not to attack.
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